A Book that Changed My Life
(Minghui.org) There are so many uncertainties in life, ranging from illness to the unpredictability of various life events. As a teacher, I had broad knowledge in many fields but was still clueless as to why fate varies so much from one person to another.
That is why I tried fortunetelling, hoping to find something that could guide and make sense of my life.
Once, when I was watching a television talk show in 2002, a conversation between host and guest caught my attention. It went something like this:
“I heard that you were good at fortunetelling. How did that go?” asked the host.“Yes, I was pretty good at it. My predictions were correct at least 9 of out 10 times,” replied the guest.“Really? Then why did you quit?”“Well, I liked fortunetelling because I thought that if we know our future, we may be able to change it,” the guest continued. “But later I read a book and learned that a person cannot change his or her fate, unless they follow the teachings in that book.”
Inspired by the discussion, I couldn't wait to find out what kind of book this was. On the TV screen a book was displayed in front of the host and guest, with the title Zhuan Falun. “This book holds the main teachings of Falun Dafa,” explained the host.
The next day, I went to my local bookstore and bought the book. As I began to read, I couldn't put it down. The book answered many of my long-standing questions and even taught me many things that I had not thought about previously. After finishing the book in two days, I was truly amazed, and wished I had known about Zhuan Falun and Falun Dafa earlier.
I'd had poor health since I was very young, and two severe problems had plagued me for years. One of them was insomnia, which started in high school. Because of a heavy workload at school and various other frustrations, I couldn't sleep well. I tried different kinds of medicines, including Chinese herbal medicine, but none of them helped. Another issue was low blood pressure, which left me weak and made it hard for me to breathe. I even lost consciousness at times.
Constantly seeking a cure, I visited many hospitals and contacted doctors throughout Taiwan, but no one could diagnose my problem. I was tired and depressed. With my low blood pressure and hardly any sleep, teaching a class was pure agony. Sometimes I needed students' help to get from my office to the classroom. Or, on a really bad day, I couldn't teach at all.
This completely turned around after I began practicing Falun Dafa. After doing the exercises at the group practice site, I'd go home and I could fall asleep immediately. My blood pressure also returned to normal. I was so happy.
A New Life
I'd tried a number of different religions in the past, hoping to find meaning and direction in my life. But none of them was satisfying and I did not stay with them for long. It wasn't until I read Zhuan Falun that I realized that Falun Dafa is the best and only path I need.
In the past, I often felt anxious for no reason. Whenever I heard news about violence or killing, I'd feel nervous, fearing that my family or I could run into those problems someday. Trying to counteract the anxiety, I often visited temples and other religious sites. But I didn't find the peace I was searching for.
After reading Zhuan Falun, I learned that nothing happens by accident and that everything is related to karmic relationships. As I continue to follow the principles of Falun Dafa – Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance – and try to do better in my daily life, everything improved. I even looked better – healthy and radiant – and people around me were impressed.
As Falun Dafa Day approaches, I would like to sincerely thank Master Li Hongzhi for introducing Falun Dafa, for changing my life, and saving me.